Concord Law School

For many older working adults who are interested in learning and practicing the law, attending a brick-and-mortar traditional law school is simply out of reach due to a number of life realities, including a five-digit data point: a person’s zip code. 

Enter Concord Law School at Kaplan University (Concord), whose mission is making high-quality legal education affordable and accessible. Established in 1998, Concord was the first law school in the United States to make it possible for busy professionals to earn a traditional legal education online. Since then, Concord has educated more than 2,200 practicing attorneys and career professionals with effective, engaging, and innovative learning. Concord is part of Kaplan University, which is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Concord is registered as a Distance Learning Law School with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.

Degree Offerings 

Juris Doctor (JD) Degree

4-year program (92 credit hours) part time

Concord’s JD degree program focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective member of the legal profession. Graduates must meet the legal education requirement of the Committee of Bar Examiners, State Bar of California. After meeting regulatory requirements, including passing the First-Year Law Students’ Exam and the California Bar Exam, graduates may apply for admission to the State Bar of California. JD program graduates do not qualify to take the Bar Exam outside of California and cannot be admitted to practice law in those jurisdictions without additional experience, education, or petition.

Executive Juris Doctor (EJD) Degree

3-year program (72 credit hours) part time

For working professionals whose goal is adding legal expertise to further their career opportunities in their present job or in a new field, Concord offers the EJD. This unique program provides in-depth legal expertise to further career goals without the hurdles necessary to become a bar member. First-year EJD students take foundational courses that are also included in the JD program. During the second and third years, EJD students structure their program to fit their individual career objectives.


Among Concord’s alumni are successful professionals hailing from all 50 states and working across many industries. Concord has produced over 1,300 JD graduates—including more than 500 traditional California bar-licensed attorneys—and over 700 EJD graduates. Alumni are prepared to leverage their legal expertise to make a bigger impact as executives or advocates within medicine and health care, insurance, cybersecurity, education, finance, and many other professions.

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Michelle Becker

2011 Concord Graduate, Juris Doctor

Michelle Becker is a self-described Southern California gal. After graduating in 1991 from the University of California Irvine...
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Dwight Kealy

2012 Concord Graduate, Juris Doctor

Dwight Kealy is one interesting individual. He graduated from high school in South America and then went on to earn his undergraduate degree at Westmont College in 1993.
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June Monroe

2012 Concord Graduate, Juris Doctor

June Monroe grew up in Downey, California. She graduated from California State, Fullerton and worked her way through college.
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Pat Wilson

2013 Concord Graduate, Juris Doctor

Pat Wilson graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in computer science.
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Kasey Shah

2014 Concord Graduate, Juris Doctor

Kasey Shah was born and raised in India. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees (electronics and computer engineering) from the University of Southern California...
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Dennis Shogren

2014 Concord Graduate, Executive Juris Doctor

Dennis Shogren grew up in and around Eugene Oregon. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Master of Business Administration...
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Chris Wojtowicz

2017 Concord Graduate, Executive Juris Doctor

For most Americans, especially working adults who are raising families, going to law school is literally out of reach because of one five-digit data point—the zip code.


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Martin Pritikin, an experienced lawyer and educator, is the Dean of Concord Law School at Kaplan University.
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Steve Bracci

Associate Dean and Professor of Law

Dean Bracci is a well-known lecturer and has been teaching law since 1979.
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James Dodge

Professor of Law

Professor Dodge began teaching at Concord in 2000. He currently serves as executive director of the Illinois Legislative Reference Bureau...
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Scott Johnson

Professor of Law

Professor Johnson is a hearings officer with the New Hampshire Department of Education.
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Stacey Sharp

Assistant Dean of Students, Director of EJD Program

Before coming to Concord Law School at Kaplan University, Dean Sharp practiced medical malpractice defense, representing doctors and insurance companies in Southern California.
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